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Image:Orison Swett Marden - Project Gutenberg eText 21291.jpg|thumb|Orison Swett Marden Dr. '''Orison Swett Marden''' (1850–1924) was an American inspirational author who wrote on success in life and how to achieve it. His writings discuss common-sense principles and virtues that make for a well-rounded, successful life. Many of his ideas are based on New Thought philosophy. His first book, ''Pushing to the Front'' (1894), became an instant best-seller and remains a classic in the genre of self-help. Marden later published fifty or more books and booklets, averaging two titles per year.Margaret Connolly, Marden's biographer, mentions fifty or more books and booklets. Wherever possible, duplicate or revised works, republished booklets or reprinted book chapters are footnoted in the bibliography section of this Wiki article. Marden had an unusual ability to strike a chord with his readers, encouraging them with hope and firing them with ambition...